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“The Sky Raider Pt9″ by Donald E. Keyhoe

Link - Posted by David on December 17, 2014 @ 12:00 pm in

Continuing with Donald E. Keyhoe’s The Sky Raider, a serialized novel from 1929. A lot has happened. In Monday’s installment . . .

    Dick and Mary have vowed to solve the murder mystery and clear her father. Suspecting Carmichael because he knew of the gold shipment, Dick and Mary are searching his house when he appears. He nonchalantly shows them they are on the wrong track, and convinces them he too is anxious to apprehend the guilty party. He mentions Lawson. Dick remembers the flyer’s blonde. . . .

Can Dick and Mary track down Lawson’s fiancee? If so, will she have any valuable information towards clearing Mary’s father? Find out in the ninth installment of Donald E. Keyhoe’s The Sky Raider!

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And come back on Friday for the next installment!

“The Sky Raider Pt8″ by Donald E. Keyhoe

Link - Posted by David on December 15, 2014 @ 12:00 pm in

Continuing with Donald E. Keyhoe’s The Sky Raider, a serialized novel from 1929. A lot has happened. The story so far. . .

    Dick Trent, novice in the Air Mail Service, incurs the displeasure of Carmichael, Superintendent of Rand Field, when he flies through the Rocky Mountains in a blinding snowstorm to bring back young Tommy Rand, who is stranded in a drinking in gambling haunt. Old Man Rand, owner of the field, beloved by his men, thanks Dick. Mary Rand, his beautiful daughter, is also greatful to Trent.
    The next day in a spectacular flight, Dick sweeps alongside Mary’s disabled machine in midair and saves her from a fatal crash. They express their Love and Dick is happily thinking of the future as Lawson, his buddy in the service, tells him he is leaving to marry a beautiful blonde. On his last flight Lawson’s plane goes missing. Dick, in searching the country, comes across the burned plane and Lawson’s dead body. A package containing $250,000 in government gold is missing. The only clue to the crime is a heavy Luger pistol used to club Lawson’s skull. Mary recognizes the pistol as her father’s.
    Old Man Rand, questioned, admitted giving the pistol to Lawson. He refuses, however, after talking tto his son, Tommy, who has been missing again, to account for his actions during the ealy morning hours when the crime was comitted. When the charred money bag is found in his own furnace Rand is arrested for murder. Dick, along with the other men of the service, is dejected. They all love the old man and know he is innocent. Mary, in hysterics, turns away from Dick, attributing her father’s arrest to the pistol he found.
    After his next run, Dick sets out to visit the old man in jail, but Rand insists he is willing to pay the penalty. Returning, Dick meets Mary, who asks his forgiveness. Dick takes her in his arms and the two vow to solve the murder mystery to clear her father. . . .

What is Dick’s plan to solve the mystery of the air murder? Who will he question first? Find out in the eighth installment of Donald E. Keyhoe’s The Sky Raider!

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And come back on Wednesday for the next installment!

“The Sky Raider Pt7″ by Donald E. Keyhoe

Link - Posted by David on December 12, 2014 @ 12:00 pm in

Continuing with Donald E. Keyhoe’s The Sky Raider, a serialized novel from 1929. A lot has happened. Things are looking bad for Old Man Rand . . .

    Old Man Rand refuses to account for his actions during the early morning hours when the crime was committed. When a charred money bag is found in his own furnace, Rand is arrested for the murder of Lawson and theft of the $250,000. Dick is dejected as are all the other men in the Air Mail service. They all love the old man and know he is innocent. Mary , in hysterics, turns away from Dick, attributing her father’s arrest to the pistol he found at the crime scene. . . .

Can Dick get Old Man Rand to open up to him and tell him about his whereabouts on the morning in question? And can he win Mary’s love back? Find out in the seventh installment of Donald E. Keyhoe’s The Sky Raider!

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And come back on Monday for the next installment!

“The Sky Raider Pt6″ by Donald E. Keyhoe

Link - Posted by David on December 10, 2014 @ 12:00 pm in

Continuing with Donald E. Keyhoe’s The Sky Raider, a serialized novel from 1929. A lot has happened. On Monday. . .

    A police Inspector arrives and arrests Old Man Rand for the murder of Lawson. No one is allowed to leave the house. Kiely, the postal inspector, arrives confident of Rand’s innocence, but Old Man Rand refuses to tell where he was during the early morning hours. Young Tommy Rand arrives. His father talks privately with him. Then the police come for the old man. . . .

Is Old Man Rand guilty of killing Lawson? What of the stolen $250,00? Will they turn up any incriminating evidence at Old Man Rand’s house? Find out in the sixth installment of Donald E. Keyhoe’s The Sky Raider!

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And come back on Friday for the next installment!

“The Sky Raider Pt5″ by Donald E. Keyhoe

Link - Posted by David on December 8, 2014 @ 12:00 pm in

Continuing with Donald E. Keyhoe’s The Sky Raider, a serialized novel from 1929. A lot has happened. The story so far. . .

    Dick Trent, young aviator, has just joined the Air Mail Service. On his first trip he carries an important letter from the owner of the field, Old Man Rand, to his son, Tommy. Through a blinding snowstorm he negotiates a narrow pass in the Rockies, locates young Rand drinking in a gambling resort and flies him back to his own field to save him from dismissal. The superintendent, Carmichael, warns Dick he has violated regulations, but Old Man Rand thanks him for the service.
    Dick falls in love with lovely Mary Rand and saves her from fatality by flying to her disabled plane in mid-air.
    Dick tells Lawson, a fellow aviator, of his invention for a skywriting signal code. Lawson informs Dick he is leaving the service to get married. On his last trip Lawson goes missing. Dick finds his plane burned and Lawson murdered. A package containing $250,000 is missing. Lawson’s skull is crushed in and after a careful search, Dick finds a clumsy Luger pistol.
    Returning to Rand Field he meets Carmichael nad Mary Rand. Thoroughly shaken by the discovery, Mary identifies the pistol as one her father carries! She asks Dick to drive home with her. On the way he tells her of his love and is happy when she sys she loves him. A moment later there is silence between them when she says her father has been away all morning. . . .

Where has Old Man Rand been all morning? And how did his gun come to be at the scene of the murder? Find out in the fifth installment of Donald E. Keyhoe’s The Sky Raider!

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And come back on Wednesday for the next installment!

“The Sky Raider Pt4″ by Donald E. Keyhoe

Link - Posted by David on December 5, 2014 @ 12:00 pm in

Continuing with Donald E. Keyhoe’s The Sky Raider, a serialized novel from 1929. A lot has happened so far. On Wednesday’s installment a lot went down…

    At the field, Dick tells Lawson of his night-time sky-writing invention. He sees Mary go up in her plane. In doing so she loses a landing wheel. Dick saves her life by flying straight for her in the air to prevent a fatal crash. Back on the ground, Lawson informs Dick he is leaving the service to get married. On his last trip Lawson goes missing. Dick finds his plane burned and Lawson laying on the ground murdered. A package containing $250,000 is missing!

What clues can Dick find to point towards Lawson’s murderer? And what has happened to the money? Find out in the fourth installment of Donald E. Keyhoe’s The Sky Raider!

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And come back on Monday for the next installment!

“The Sky Raider Pt3″ by Donald E. Keyhoe

Link - Posted by David on December 3, 2014 @ 12:00 pm in

Continuing with Donald E. Keyhoe’s The Sky Raider, a serialized novel from 1929. A lot has happened so far and the plot’s about to thicken as murder is thrown into the mix! On Monday we saw…

    By a ruse, Dick Trent enters the Gambling house to find young Tommy Rand drinking and induces him to leave after reading the important letter his old man had entrusted Dick to deliver. The letter was a Government report of censure for intoxication. Dick, disobeying regulations, flies Tommy back to save him from dismissal. Carmichael see them land. He threatens Dick with dismissal. However, when he is called to Rand’s house, Dick hears praise for his work from Old Man Rand and finds he is in love with Mary. . . .

What could possibly go wrong when Mary comes down to the field to practice landing a plane? Find out in the third installment of Donald E. Keyhoe’s The Sky Raider!

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And come back on Friday for the next installment!

“The Sky Raider Pt2″ by Donald E. Keyhoe

Link - Posted by David on December 1, 2014 @ 12:00 pm in

Continuing with Donald E. Keyhoe’s The Sky Raider, a serialized novel from 1929. A lot has happened so far and we’re only on Chapter three. The story so far:

    On his first day in the Air Mail Service Dick Trent seems doomed to disappointment. A heavy snow storm causes Carmichael, the station superinten- dent, to cancel arrangements for Dick’s first flight alone across the Rocky Mountains. Suddenly the door opens. Old Man Rand, owner of the service, and his daughter, Mary, enter. He has an important letter for his son. Dick offers to fly through with it. As the old man hesitates, the daughter says she believes Dick can get through the dangerous pass in the blinding snow storm. Thrilled by her show of confidence Dick soars into the storm still hearing the soft voice of the beautiful fur-clad girl.
    By a miracle, Dick negotiates the narrow pass through the Rockies. Arrived at his destination he seeks Tommy Rand. The address given him turns out to be a gambling house but Dick is refused entrance. . . .

What will Dick do? How will he get in to the Gambling house to deliver Old Man Rand’s important letter to his son? Find out in the second installment of Donald E. Keyhoe’s The Sky Raider!

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And come back on Wednesday for the next installment!

“The Sky Raider Pt1″ by Donald E. Keyhoe

Link - Posted by David on November 28, 2014 @ 12:00 pm in

Donald E. Keyhoe took up writing while recouperating from an arm injury he sustained in a plane crash in 1922 while serving in with the Marines in Guam. Primarily just to pass the time while convalesing, he found he was good at writing, selling several stories to Weird Tales. Keyhoe’s injury forced him to leave the military in 1923, whereupon he went to work for the National Geodetic Survey and the U.S. Department of Commerce. He kept his hand in aviation, though, by managing a national Good Will Tour of the 48 States by Charles Lindbergh in 1927.

Keyhoe’s first book was about flying Charles Lindbergh around the states on his tour. Published in 1928, Flying with Lindbergh was an instant success. Between the tour and the book, Keyhoe was becoming a household name. So it only makes sense that the newspapers would come calling. Newspapers were constantly looking for ways to boost and maintain their readership. And what better way than to serialize novels of the day. In 1929 Keyhoe wrote a story as modern as the times it was written in. Set against the world of the burgeoning Air Mail service, Dick Trent is a young idealistic flyer on his first day as a Air Mail pilot who soon finds himself involved in a web of love, larceny and murder!

Check out the half-page spread The Ottawa Journal gave the first installment of Donald E. Keyhoe’s The Sky Raider when they ran the series starting March 30th, 1929.

And come back on Monday for the next installment and each subsequent Monday, Wednesday and Friday until we reach the exciting conclusion!

It’s almost here. . . .

Link - Posted by David on November 26, 2014 @ 12:00 pm in

After you’ve done your Christmas shopping and eaten your Thanksgiving leftovers, settle down to the first installment of our serialized drama—The Sky Raider! Here is some promotion from back at the time. From the front page of The Ironwood Daily Globe, Ironwood, MI the Monday before the serial started:

    Donald E. Keyhoe, the flying ace, writes from his own remarkable experiences the first thrilling mystery serial of crime in the air, “The Sky Raider.”
    Colonel Lindbergh recognized Keyhoe’s unusual skill and fearlessness by selecting him as his flying aide on his great ‘Round America Tour. Keyhoe is not only a pioneer in the world’s newest adventure the conquest of the air, but he is the first to write a mystery story of the skies.
    Colonel Lindbergh’s flying aide has written a gripping story of romance, adventure, mystery, devotion and death in “The Sky Raider.” Don’t miss the first of many thrills coming to you soon in The Daily Globe.

We’ll be presenting the first two chapters Friday! We’ll follow this with two more chapters every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until we reach the exciting conclusion on New Years Eve!


Ad for Donald E. Keyhoe’s “The Sky Raider” from The Ironwood Daily Globe
(Ironwood, MI; Saturday. August 10, 1929)

Coming Soon. . . .

Link - Posted by David on November 21, 2014 @ 12:00 pm in

Starting next Friday we’re embarking on something new here at Age of Aces. We’re going to be posting a serialized story by Donald E Keyhoe that ran in newspapers back in 1929—The Sky Raider!


Ad for Donald E. Keyhoe’s “The Sky Raider” from The Ottawa Journal
(Ottawa, Ontario; Tuesday, March 26, 1929)

Be sure to come back next Friday for the first installment!

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